Muddies B win grand final spot
THE B Grade Astute Financial Douglas Muddies defeated Cairns Norths in a nail biting match at the Mudpit to secure a spot in the one-day grand final this weekend.
Facing Norths, the Muddies were missing Simon Cody but had the return of Hayden (Haydos) D’Addona and Michael (Schulzy) Schulz.
Captain Ethan McCullough won the toss elected to bowl with openers Kaiden (Skippy) Sorensen and Pete Gilmour.
From ball one they troubled Norths’ batsmen, picking up wickets in their second overs thanks to Pete taking 3 and Kaiden 1 with great catches by Jared Stewart, Adam (Bobby) Lucas, Keel (Keelo) Sorensen and Randal Smith, putting the opposition at 4/8 after 8.
A change of bowlers brought on Schulzy and Keelo who continued to put pressure on the batsmen with Michael producing some heat before he picked up his first wicket caught by Pete. Norths batsmen started swinging at anything and things started to turn ugly for the Muddies. Norths took to the spin, hitting Keel all over the field and with a couple going all the way.
With Norths’ score starting to accelerate a little too quickly, the captain brought in Hayden to slow down the runs. The return of the opening pace bowlers took the final wickets, including a sensational run out by McCullough.
Norths were all out for 92. Wicket takers for Muddies were Kaiden 3/4; Pete 3/15; Michael 2/5; and Keel 1/51.
Muddies needed a good strong start with the bat but it was not the case with Randal out LBW on the first ball, followed by Travis Gooch caught behind on his second ball.
Hayden and McCullough survived the Norths’ very strong opening bowlers and the new ball before captain McCullough fell, short of double figures, followed shortly by Gary (Buckets) Postans.
With the Muddies 4/20 it wasn’t looking good.
But it was Haydos and Jared who saved the Muddies, putting on a much needed partnership of 58, both batsmen patiently defending their wicket and finding the gaps, slowly ticking over the run rate, before Jared, who was starting to find some form, lost his wicket on 19.
This brought Pete to the crease, who looked to continue his big bash league with a six on his second ball. But he was out on the next, and Hayden, who top scored, disappointed to be caught down leg on 41.
With 11 runs needed and 3 wickets in hand it was do or die for the Muddies. Kaiden and Luco finished off the win, making the Norths total with 6 overs remaining.
Muddies B Grade are now in the One Day Grand Final against Mulgrave Punjabi, a repeat scenario as last year’s concluding fixture. Sunday, February 5, 1 pm, at the Mudpit.
Norths’ batsmen started swinging at anything and it started to turn ugly for the Muddies. Norths took to the spin bowling